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Fresh & Fruity Coconut Water

There’s no doubt that one of the hardest part of the fasting day might not even be going without food, but going without water. That’s why it’s super important to hydrate during the non-fasting hours, all throughout those hours. It’s easy to remember to do if you make a huge jar of a natural, hydrating … Read more

Two-Minute Quesadillas

No time for suhoor, but you need something hot in your tummy? These super-quick quesadillas are so easy to make- you may want to take out the hot sauce and fire-roasted chiles (peppers) if your stomach can’t handle the spice in the wee hours of the morning, though.  *White cheddar cheese is produced by Cabot … Read more

Keema {Delicately Spiced Ground Beef}

The first time I ever had Keema (that wonderful Indian-spiced ground beef dish) was during one of my very first Suhoor (pre-dawn) meals with family friends. I was invited to spend the weekend with them in Chicago during Ramadan. I had no idea whatsoever that people actually ate savory foods for a meal so early in the morning.

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Creamy Date Shake

If you live anywhere in California or nearby, you’ve probably heard of date milkshakes and the pretty well-known stands at farms and orchards who sell them. I have lived in California, driven through it many times from all different angles and have never tried one, but I’ve heard plenty about them.

Date Shake

A date shake perfect for iftar, and a great way to incorporate dates into your diet 

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Lemon Ricotta Dip

For some reason, during Ramadan I tend to see, make, eat and enjoy appetizers the most. It’s nice to have something light but substantial at the initial breaking of the fast, but it’s more than that for me. Maybe it’s because when the fast-breaking time comes every evening, it’s one of the sweetest moments I experience (whether the appetizer is sweet or savory). I love biting into something I can hear crunch, maybe because it then actually feels like the sound of food. I’m not sure what it is, but I enjoy it.

inside sweet phyllo

Dates, Tamarind & Walnut phyllo appetizers

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More Ramadan Preparation Tips [Video]

We’ve been talking so much lately about how important it is to be prepared for Ramadan- spiritually, mentally and practically. With long summer days to face ahead of us, we’ll either be prepared or up against a wall of how to get healthy food on the table for Iftar and the early morning pre-dawn meal … Read more

Are You Ready for Ramadan Cooking?

Ramadan, the 9th month of the Islamic calendar (lunar) and the holy month of fasting is approaching quickly. There is so much to prepare and it can be quite overwhelming if you think about it all at once. For those of you who are new to My Halal Kitchen, you may not realize that there are lots of organizational tips and ideas right here on the site, which I’ve linked to below.  Also, I’ve got plans for more tips and great ideas to come your way starting now and lasting through the end of ‘Eid, insha’allah. My hope is to help you get your kitchen and your home in order so that your mind can be at ease to focus on the things you need to do most during Ramadan, the real purpose of this time.

My Refrigerator, All Ready for Ramadan Cooking

Would you like to know how I organized my refrigerator with these adorable baskets? Tune in to tonight’s LIVE web chat to find out!

Live Web Chat: Preparing Your Kitchen for Healthy Ramadan Cooking

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Homemade Chappati

I’ve been really blessed to meet so many amazing people since I started this blog. People are happy to share their cooking ideas and recipes all the time and more often than ever does the topic of conversation with complete strangers, new and old friends and my family turn to healthy food, ethnic cuisine and just getting back to basics when it comes to bringing everyone around the table for a meal to remember.

I was invited to the home of a Pakistani family who lives in the Chicago suburbs so that I could learn and share with you how to make homemade roti, or bread, also known as chappati.  Chappati is an unleavened flat bread that is dry cooked over flame and not stuffed or layered with ghee (clarified butter) like the another popular Indian-style flat bread called paratha.

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